Horton 'ready right now' for the start of camp

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Horton 'ready right now' for the start of camp

It appears that Nathan Horton is good to go for the 201112 season.

Asked if he would be ready for the start of camp, Horton said he was "ready right now." The forward was knocked out of Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final when a blindside hit from Aaron Rome of the Canucks resulted in a concussion.

Horton also discussed the role of hits in hockey, explaining that there is a "respect factor" and that potentially dangerous hits on the ice "need to change."

"There's a difference between hitting hard and hitting dirty," Horton said. "That's definitely something that shouldn't be in the game."

Rome texted Horton after the hit to apologize, but Horton would have preferred a more respectful method, stating that if the roles were reversed, he would have made a phone call.

From ProHockeyTalk:

Much like how breaking up with your significant other via text isn't kosher, neither is saying, "My bad" for nearly ruining a guy's career ... We've no doubts that a phone call in such a situation is more than awkward, but given how things shook out and the extreme high profile of the play, Horton's right.

Training camp will open September 16.

Capitals lose 3-goal lead, recover to beat Bruins in OT

Capitals lose 3-goal lead, recover to beat Bruins in OT

WASHINGTON - Nicklas Backstrom scored 1:36 into overtime, helping the Washington Capitals beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 after blowing a three-goal lead Wednesday night.

Justin Williams scored twice and Daniel Winnik also had a goal to put Washington ahead 3-0 about six minutes into the second period.

After Winnik's tally, Washington went over 26 minutes without a shot on goal. Boston dominated the final five minutes of the second period, when Dominic Moore and David Pastrnak beat goaltender Braden Holtby. Colin Miller's power-play score 8:19 into third tied it at 3.

Boston arrived in Washington 4-0-1 over its last five games with three wins in a row, including a 4-3 overtime triumph against Florida on Monday night.

Evgeny Kuznetsov had two assists for the Capitals and Alex Ovechkin got his first point since Nov. 26.

Boston outshot Washington 34-20. The Capitals have won two straight following a three-game losing skid.